2019 Ike's Canyon Visiting Writer 

Lenore Myka

Coming in September 2019...

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Lenore has taught writing for over fifteen years, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, the Ringling College of Art & Design, and the University of Tampa, and she has served as Writer in Residence at New College of South Florida.  She has also taught workshops at the Chautauqua Institute (Chautauqua, NY), the Kenan Center for the Arts (Lockport, NY), and the Lemon Tree House (Cetona, Italy). She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. You can learn more about Lenore and read samples of her work here.

Lenore Myka is the author of King of the Gypsies: Stories (BkMk Press, 2015), a collection inspired by the two years she spent living in Romania. The book won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, and was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize.


She has received numerous awards and fellowships, most notably from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her award-winning work has been selected as distinguished by The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading series.

Lenore rejects the notion of artistic talent as something gifted to only a select few. She believes in writing as an act of devotion (in both senses of the word), one that requires discipline, faith, and practice. The earliest story she recollects ever writing was at age five (she drew the pictures while her secretary—her older sister—took dictation), and was about a herd of wild mustangs. She suspects it’s the universe that has drawn her to Ike’s Canyon Ranch.

read some of Lenore's work here.

order her book

King of the Gypsies, by Lenore Myka

Mailing address:

PO Box 847

Eureka, NV 89316

Physical address:

3350 Ike's Canyon Road

Manhattan, NV 89022